Registered Massage TherapySoft Tissue Manipulation for Wellness
Massage therapy (MT) consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. MT is the systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissue. Techniques may include rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, lifting and stretching. It has evolved from being solely a relaxation experience to also include more medically-oriented, therapeutic treatment components.
Massage Therapists use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to combine traditional Swedish and modern Massage Therapy techniques with stretching and exercise prescription as well as other therapies to treat their clients. Massage therapy treatments are an effective, non-pharmaceutical approach to treating chronic and acute injury or disease and is covered by many extended health care plans.
Registered Massage Therapists (RMT’S)
Registered Massage Therapists are required to pass a provincial board exam and complete continuing education units annually. Subjects of study include anatomy, physiology, pathology, hydrotherapy, remedial exercise, stretching and strengthening prescription, breathing techniques, rhythmic joint mobilizations and physical assessment.
In Ontario, RMTs are certified and regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO)
Benefits of Registered Massage Therapy
- Reducing or eliminating pain
- Aiding in relaxation
- Addressing fascial adhesion to decrease restrictions
- Improving joint mobility
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Reducing muscular tension
- Massage therapy can treat both acute and chronic conditions.
RMTs work with a wide variety of patients in the treatment of illness, injury, rehabilitation and disability and can be beneficial to manage symptoms of many conditions.
Your Massage Therapist will require an overall picture of your current health and a detailed health history in order to design a treatment plan that’s right for you. If a Massage Therapist determines that your condition would be better treated by another healthcare professional, they will make the appropriate referral.
Registered Massage Therapy Protocol
We typically recommend 1-2 visits per week until complaint is resolved and then continuing with treatment every 4-8 weeks for prevention and maintenance. Frequency and length of visits will be outlined in your customized treatment plan as discussed with your therapist.
There are many treatment length options:
90, 75, 60, 45 or 30 minutes